Manny Pacquiao set for Mahindra import scouting trip in US after May elections

Other than being preoccupied with his election campaign, retired boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will be devoting more time with his PBA team Mahindra come the Governors Cup as he helps the Enforcers reach the playoffs for the first time in the history of the young franchise.

Pacquiao made his intentions known through Mahindra team manager Eric Pineda during their meeting early this week.

“Pagkatapos ng eleksyon, mukhang magfu-full time na si coach Manny sa team,” Pineda told FOX Sports on Wednesday.

Pineda explained that once the national elections are over, he and Pacquiao intend to fly to the United States to personally look for Mahindra’s import for the season-ending conference.

The Mahindra team official said they intend to utilize the 6-9 height limit given them, a special concession given to the 4 last-placed teams in the 1st two conferences of the season.

The Enforcers only won 6 times in 22 games this season, making them, along with Star, Phoenix and Blackwater eligible to tap a 6-9 import.

“Since we have a longer period to train, lilipad kami sa US para humanap ng magaling na import. We might visit Las Vegas, sa LA or sa Florida. We feel dun kami makakakuha ng quality na import,” he added.

Pineda said a few weeks back, they wanted to tap man-mountain Liam McMorrow, who suited up for Barako Bull in the Governors Cup last season. But the Canadian big man out of Tennessee Tech was measured at over 6-9.

“Since di naman siya puwede at di rin puwede si (Hamady) NDiyae (Mahindra’s import last season), may mga prospects din kaming tinitingnan sa NBA or sa China,” he said.

Pineda explained that they plan to shake up their current roster and acquire several players, who could fit into the system and built Pacquiao wants to see in Mahindra.

That’s one reason why they’ve declared that no one is indispensable in the team.

“Nothing has been finalized yet kasi may tintingnan pa kaming mga trades,” he said.

Pineda said practice resumes next Monday at the Hardcourt, Mahindra’s training center inside the luxurious Azure Urban Resort and Residences in Bicutan, Parañaque. – By Richard Dy

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